Essay competition results released

Feb 07, 2018 No Comments by

National School Science Essay Competition for South African School Pupils – Here are the results!

Congratulations to all the 2018 winners and their teachers as another successful competition is concluded.   The winning schools will be contacted individually shortly.   To all participants – many thanks for entering, we do hope that it has been of benefit educationally as well as financially.


Topic 1 :‘Cutting edge of gene editing: is CRISPR a new era for science based medicine, or is it a dangerous new tool that can create monsters?’

*First Prize: Gary Louw, Grade 11, Curro Grantleigh School, KwaMbonambi (90%)

Second Prize:  Aneesa Rawat, Grade 12, Wynberg Girls’ High, Cape Town

Third Prize: Francoise Marais, Grade 12, Kingswood College, Grahamstown

Merit Prizes:  Uzma  Anwarey, Grade 11, Ficksburg  High School, Ficksburg

                         Isabelle Hayes, Grade 12, Wynberg Girls’ High, Cape Town


Topic 2 : ‘Sugar Crush – how can South Africa beat the diabetes epidemic?’

*First Prize:, Dinae Reddy, Grade 11, Danville Park Girls’ High School, Durban (85%)

Second Prize:  Joy Adewumi, Grade 12, Pinetown Girls’ High School, Durban

Third Prize: Karisni Pillay, Grade 11, Danville Park Girls’ High School, Durban

Merit Prizes: Nothemba Tuswa, Grade 12, Welkom High School, Welkom

                         Lerato Motsitsi, Grade 11, Welkom High School, Welkom


Topic 3 : ‘Water is the new gold.   What can science do to help South Africa preserve and maximise its water resources?’

First Prize: Ratik Beekhan, Grade 11, Reddam House, Durban (75%)

Second Prize:  Nikitha Bullah, Grade 11, St Andrew’s, Johannesburg

Third Prize: Priyanka Igwe, Grade 11, Rhenish High School,  Stellenbosch

Merit Prizes: Juliet Killick, Grade 12, Wynberg Girls’ High, Cape Town

                        Maxine-Anne Smuts, Grade 7, Bryandale Primary School, Johannesburg



* Pupil’s essay is published in the Transactions journal and their schools get the RSSAf/Claude Leon Foundation trophies.



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